Suzanne Corkin is Professor of Neuroscience, Emerita in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.
Undergirded by rich details about the functions of the human brain, this book pulls back the curtain on the man whose misfortune propelled a half-century of exciting research.
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Suzanne Corkin has written an enjoyable and sensitive story of H.M.'s life and what it has taught us about memory. Millions of patients have been the source of advances in science but few are celebrated as individuals. We learn through H.M. that 'Our brains are like hotels with eclectic arrays of guests-homes to different kinds of memory, each of which occupies its own suite of rooms'." .–Philip A. Sharp, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
A fascinating account of perhaps the most important case study in the history of neuroscience, rich with implications for our understanding of the brain, our experience, and what it means to be human–Steven Pinker, author of 'How the Mind Works' and 'The Stuff of Thought'
The best way to understand memory is to witness the ways it can disassemble. In this remarkable book, Suzanne Corkin gifts us with a rare insider's view, revealing how a man who could not remember his immediate past so profoundly influenced science's future.–David Eagleman, neuroscientist and New York Times-bestselling author of 'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain'
Drawing on her unique investigations over more than four decades, neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin relates the fascinating story of how one severely amnesic man transformed our understanding of mind, brain, and memory.–Howard Gardner, author of 'Multiple Intelligences'
The amnesic patient H.M. is arguably the most important case in the history of neuropsychology. Nobody knew him better than Suzanne Corkin, who has written an engaging and insightful account of H.M.’s memory loss that combines personal stories with accessible discussions of memory research. Just as important, Permanent Present Tense presents a sympathetic portrait of the person named Henry Molaison.”–Daniel L. Schacter, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers
I loved your book! Couldn't put it down, thought about rationing it, but then just ate up the whole thing. The part about H.M.'s brain on the way to be sliced you told really well. Maybe your next book should be an adventure novel!–Art Mielke
I just finished reading your wonderful Permanent Present Tense out on the veranda as the sun only began considering its slow descent after 10 pm a few days before the celebrated Scandinavian midsummer. I wanted to congratulate you and thank you for this outstanding book. It is truly exceptional and I have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to read it for a few years now.–Brian Metcalf, Ph.D.